The true colours of the Tories are really beginning to shine, hopefully the public will start to realise that they are not the voice of change that they claim to be. With the news that the Bromley Conservative council dropped plans to make the taxpayer contribute towards private education fees due to the recession meaning that the parents are unable to pay the often £12,000 tuition fees, it further highlights the Tories' out of touch policies, as it is shocking to believe they were even considering it.
Quite rightly, our MP David Laws, stepped up for equality as he branded it as evidence of the Tories' "true colours". In justification of the proposals, Ernest Noad, Bromley’s cabinet minister for children, said that:
At the end of the day, what matters is that each child gets a good educationHow is taking away vital money from the state sector that can be used to fund better educational standards of the comprehensive schools and give it to the elitist institutions and well off families to fund their children with the opportunities that no ordinary child could ever have access to, promoting a 'good education'?
What this comes down to is that the Tories are out of touch from the ordinary members of society. This can be easily shown in the stories surrounding the NHS. Dan Hannon's comments have opened up divisions amongst the Tories, with leading shadow cabinet members including Michael Grove (despite his denial) co-wiring books with Hannon about how the NHS needs to be reformed, aka - privatised.
With that, it is important to consider an interesting aside, as it coincides the release of a report into the NHS staff sick rates. The report wants change in the NHS to counteract the high sick rate amongst the workers. It says that the NHS has to take a leaf out of the private sector's book to reduce the rate. However, again, like the Tory comments above around education, it is missing the importance of the public sector, and how much more demanding it is on the people who work in it. The NHS will deal with all sorts of illnesses and conditions that will never enter the private health system, and therefore there is no wonder that the staff have higher stress and illness levels. The public sector is a demanding sector to work in, and as the trade unions have said, it is wrong to stigmatise the public sector workers in an attempt to advance an already increasingly powerful private sector.
Whilst all the allegations around the Tories continue, with MPs appearing out the woodwork stating their real thoughts (such as ludicrous claims to double the MPs salary), David Cameron is busy trying to distract attention from his say everything, do nothing party. In a desperate attempt to hide his double standard nature, and the party's real ambitions for office, he has been busy talking about the news agenda that has dominated the recess, that of Afghanistan. Whilst rightly needing to discuss these types of issues, he is obviously doing this for restorative PR, in a bid to take some of the attention away from his out of touch party to the Labour government.
In whole, the week has been one where the true colours of the Tories have beamed through their facade of being a reformist party that represents the change that is needed in the country.